Jet Carrying Sarawak Governor Hits Parked MASWings Plane

9th Jul 2015

A small incident happened yesterday at the Mukah Airport runway in this coastal town, when the jet carrying Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud collided with the MASWings aircraft that was already on the ground.

Fortunately, no one was injured during the collision. The incident happened at around 4:42 PM, Mukah police reported.

Taib Jet’s Left Wing Hit MASWings Plane Nose

According to the local police chief DSP Jimmy Panyau, the left wing of the jet with Taib on board hit the front of the MASWings plane.

Panyau further explains what happened between the two planes saying:

The jet had just landed and was going to park near the terminal when it hit the parked MASWings plane.

Both planes suffered some minor damage from the collision as the lights on the Sarawak governor’s jet got damaged (on the left wing), while the parked MASWings aircraft suffered a small dent on its nose. Other than that, there was no great damage and there was also no need for the fire department to react.

Sarawak Governor was on His Way to a Berbuka Puasa Event

Governor Taib was on his way to visit Mukah for a planned berbuka puasa event. The berbuka puasa, or literally “to open the fast” is a Muslim event during which the people gather to break the fast during Ramadan and is taken around sunset.

Following the berbuka puasa and the Maghrib prayer, there is the Isya prayer and then finally the Tarawih prayer. After all of that, Muslims have a special supper, the Moreh during which they eat Malaysian traditional snacks and drink tea.

Mukah is a coastal town in the state of Sarawak, which is one of the two Malaysian states on the Borneo Island. It has approximately 43,300 residents.

MASWings operates routes to and from the town and Miri and Kuching.

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